|The group in downtown Gloucester MA|
|Mary Pyche and Judith Meagher|
|Kim English painting downtown Gloucester MA|
A couple of nice and crazy guys came around who were from the Good Morning Gloucester Gazette and took some pictures of us. At noon we met to figure out where to go next. Imagine a dozen people without a plan, nor any idea of the area for the most part, trying to figure out what to do next. After my lunch of chicken wings, we headed to the public parking lot at Rocky Neck and we then went to the far end where they repair boats.
Kim set up and painted his third painting of the day and since most of us were happy to watch and learn, we huddled around him. I roamed around some more taking photos and ended up at Judy Meagher's Gallery for some welcome shelter.
From there we went to the group dinner at the Azorean, a nice Portuguese restaurant, where Kim ate octopus. I enjoyed our dinner conversation, it kind of worked out that 5 on one end were in a conversation and so were the other five, a couple didn't come. It was a pleasant dinner and we are to meet at the studio tomorrow morning and probably go out again under the same weather conditions, and Friday we'd get another model.
When I got back to my cozy Airbnb, I realized that I had almost a flat tire. My hostess will call in the morning to see if her local garage guy is there and I'll get it fixed. You go years without a flat tire but I've had three this past year.
Summary: Kim masses in his shapes with approximate colors and then refines his shapes and colors without getting picky. He takes care to always clean his brush with every stroke--load and unload. He uses a big brush and a support that is about 10x14".
It was suggested that we buy 10-15 8x10"s and 10-15 9x12"s. So I bought 10 of each size. Usually on workshops I get what is suggested and only use a small fraction of the supports. Well, we did close to 30 the first day and 25 the next day and if the weather had cooperated probably 2 in the morning and 2 in the afternoon each plein air day and then there is one more day. The idea of this workshop is to learn, not to bring home a finished painting, which is all well and good. Other people have blogged about having good quality boards and wiping them off, which is what I did, but some people in this group used the cheap boards or canvas pads and the wipe offs went fine on those as well. Any that I kept I will eventually paint over as the paint is thin and they cost about $5 each. Truthfully 60 paintings for this workshop is about right depending on what we do on the last day.
|Judith's Movali painting!|
|Kim's downtown Gloucester street scene painting.|
|Kim English at Rocky Neck, Gloucester.|
|Kim's painting at Rocky Neck|
|The class observing Kim painting.|